Modern Day Sutter Creek

A charming balance of old and new, today’s Sutter Creek maintains its Gold Rush facade while catering to the wants and needs of visitors from around the world. Shop, dine, slumber, stroll, wine taste, and enjoy the atmosphere of Sutter Creek in California’s Amador County.

Located about 45 miles southeast of Sacramento. Sutter Creek is ideally situated in the heart of the Sierra Foothill Wine Country and is Amador County’s most walkable town with Bed and Breakfast Inns, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shops on beautiful Main Street.

Sutter Creek is the perfect hub to explore the Sierra Foothill Wine regions including Amador’s own Shenandoah Valley, El Dorado County’s Fairplay region and Calaveras County’s wine region. Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley has become a thriving and popular wine growing region of California and is often quoted as being “like Napa and Sonoma were thirty five years ago.“

Plan to visit Sutter Creek, the Jewel of the Motherlode, and one of California's finest and friendliest small towns.

Visitor Information:

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Please help us preserve the Knight Foundry, recently donated to the City of Sutter Creek. The City now owns the property and the buildings, but in order to complete the transaction we must purchase the historic contents of the buildings – the irreplaceable, invaluable and unique historic equipment and machinery that is still in place in its original context. While the contents are priceless, the owner has generously set the purchase price at $325,000. The final deadline for the purchase is October 15th but we are striving to complete this purchase by April 15th to avoid a 10% penalty on funds paid after the April date.

If Knight Foundry is lost, along with it go technologies that may never be replicated.

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The Knight Foundry has been named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places. Please take this all-important opportunity to give this unique treasure a new life. Whether you can donate directly or help us find other funding, your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you! Together we can preserve this industrial crown jewel, the Historic Knight Foundry.

Very truly yours,
Robin Peters
Knight Foundry Alliance
(209) 304-1320

Ron Edgar
Chairman Volunteer Coordinator
Knight Foundry Alliance
(209) 304-7483

PS: We invite you to contact either of us to discuss the plans for Knight Foundry and other support opportunities such as evergreen donations, endowments, estate planning, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities.

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Your donations will help preserve and protect this industrial crown jewel, the Historic Knight Foundry. The Knight Foundry Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Amador Community Foundation, tax ID #68-0447992. Donations will be eligible for all applicable tax deductions.

Legacy Donor Levels:

GOLD $25,000
SILVER $10,000
BRONZE $1,000
IRON $500

While these are suggested donations, we accept donations in any amount.

Donations may be made securely online by using the button below.
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Prefer to send a check? Please click the button below for a PDF (print version) of the donation submission form.


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Knight Foundry will have volunteer opportunities for adults, students, scout troops, and service groups, including hands-on historic restoration, research, and preservation of historic industrial skills.

A complete list of volunteer opportunities and sponsorship opportunities will be posted at